Apple Crumb Cake

It is definitely apple season and this apple pie crumb cake is just another fun way you can incorporate more apples into your life! This cake is incredibly simple and easy since it’s made with a box cake but the results are indulgent and delicious. Anyone you share this cake with will think you’re a total professional! 

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What is apple crumb cake?

Apple crumb cake is an extra delicious and extra easy crumb cake variation that you can make during the fall time, or any time of course! The topping is a classic crumb topping with the addition of chopped apples. It adds an extra dimension of texture, plus the classic apple flavour we all know and love. And the cake itself is made with applesauce instead of eggs to really add to the apple essence. It makes this dessert completely eggless and incredible for anyone who can’t have eggs! It’s a perfect treat for any fall get together! 


  • yellow cake mix
  • applesauce 
  • baking powder 
  • apples 
  • all-purpose flour 
  • light brown sugar
  • butter 
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon 

How to make apple crumb cake 

Prepare the cake

This apple crumb cake is so much easier than you may think. We start by preparing our boxed cake mix. You can most definitely use your favourite cake recipe from scratch here but the choice is yours! Follow the directions on your boxed mix of choice and use applesauce in place of the eggs, ¼ cup of applesauce is equal to 1 egg. Otherwise everything else is exactly as the box says. When your cake batter has been prepared, preheat your oven according to the box as well. I used a 9”x13” pan and set my oven to 325℉. While the oven is preheating, grease and line your cake pan and add the batter. Spread it out as evenly as possible and set aside. 

Make the crumb topping

Next work on your crumb topping. Ideally your butter would have been sitting out for a little while before starting the recipe. But if you forgot or don’t have the time, you can pop it into the microwave quickly. You’re looking for it to be soft but not melted. Add your flour, light brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl. Then, peel and dice your apples into small pieces. I prefer to dice them into as small of pieces as possible so that you get a pretty equal amount of apple in each bite. If you prefer to cut them another way you definitely can, just keep in mind that the thicker the apple the less it will cook in the amount of time the cake is baking.

Add your apples to the bowl and mix together with your hands if possible. This is the best way to mix because you can really get in there and get everything well incorporated together. As long as all the ingredients are combined and there are no dry spots, it doesn’t really matter how you do it! 

an overhead view of a finished apple crumb cake in the pan

Time to bake

Once the oven has come to temperature you can place your cake in to start baking. Bake time may vary depending on the type of cake mix and pan that you’re using but if you’re using a 9”x13” pan you can bake it for around 15-20 minutes. When that time is up, take the pan out of the oven and add your crumb topping as quickly as possible. I like to use either my hands on two spoons for this, but do whatever feels right for you. Add the topping in crumbs or clumps across the cake as evenly as possible, the goal is to have ample topping on each piece.

After that’s done, add your cake back into the oven for it to finish baking, it will be around 10-15 more minutes. This is to ensure that the topping has been cooked enough, but also that the cake is fully baked. You can use a toothpick to see if the cake is ready by sticking it into the cake. If when removed it looks wet or there is a lot of cake stuck to it, it needs more time. If it looks totally clean or has a few crumbs on it, it’s done. 

Cool and enjoy

Make sure you allow some time for your apple crumb cake to cool before cutting into it. You’ll want to let it cool for at least 30 minutes, you could refrigerate it to speed this process up. If you’d like, you can also add some powdered sugar to the top of the cake for an extra little touch. After cutting your cake into even pieces, you’re now ready to dig in and enjoy! 

How to store 

You can store your apple crumb cake at room temperature in an airtight bag or container for up to 5-7 days. If you’d like to keep it longer, you can freeze it in a freezer safe bag or container. You can keep your cake frozen well for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to have it again, just take it out and let it thaw back to room temperature. This is especially great if you don’t have enough people to eat a whole cake, you can freeze the rest and enjoy it any time you’d like! 

a close up of the final product in a plate with more plates and apples surrounding

Apple Crumb Cake

It is definitely apple season and this apple pie crumb cake is just another fun way you can incorporate more apples into your life! This cake is incredibly simple and easy since it’s made with a box cake but the results are indulgent and delicious. Anyone you share this cake with will think you’re a total professional!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple crumb cake, crumb cake, fall desserts
Servings: 12
Author: Gianna



  • yellow cake mix
  • applesauce ¼ cup applesauce per egg
  • water
  • oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Crumb Topping

  • 2 apples chopped and peeled
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon


  • Prepare cake mix according to instructions. Sub ¼ cup applesauce per egg required.
  • Add cake batter to a greased and lined 9”x13” pan.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, make the crumb topping. Peel and chop apples into small pieces. Add to a mixing bowl with flour, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Mix together with hands until everything is well combined and there is no more dry flour.
  • After time is up, take the cake out of the oven and add the crumb topping as evenly and quickly as possible. Add the topping in clumps on top of the cake.
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cake is fully done.
  • Let cool before cutting. Add powdered sugar on top if desired. Enjoy!


each cake mix is different so times may vary, bake the cake for around ¾ of the total time, add the crumb topping, and then finish baking

Try these fall desserts next:

Caramel Apple Nachos

Apple Pie Pancakes

Edible Pumpkin Cookie Dough

Cornmeal Blondies

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